Roasted Makhana

by Kiran on June 17, 2016 · 32 comments

in Indian, Snack, Street food

…lotus seeds or foxnuts. Next time, this is what I’m going to snack at the movie theaters. As long as I can sneak in some. Guilty as charged and I am not ashamed one bit to admit it.

Roasted Makhana | @KiranTarun
Don’t get me wrong, I love the usual popcorns and sodas, but sometimes I just don’t feel like paying 5x the amount for regular, unhealthy, greasy plain popcorn and overly sweeten sodas.

And what is up with bottled water priced like a kidney? Ugh.

Roasted Makhana | @KiranTarun
Guys, get your lady a huge handbag and fill it up with your favorite snacks. Because you’ll never know when hunger strikes and movie plans can happen on the spur!

Just don’t pack ice cream. Ummm… Nope. Fruits, nuts, bottled water, sandwiches and try roasted makhana next time. Roasted makhana is the new “popcorn”. The new, healthy and delicious popcorn. And the best part is flavoring it to you hearts desire 🙂

Roasted Makhana | @KiranTarun [/donotprint]

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  • 3 cups makhana (lotus seeds)
  • 2 tbsp ghee, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chaat masala (optional)


  1. Heat a large non-stick pan on medium. Once heated, add 1 tbsp ghee. Swirl it around before adding lotus seeds.
  2. Roast lotus seeds between 5 to 8 minutes, stirring in between to avoid burn. Taste to check consistency. It should be crispy at this point. If not, continue to roast for a few more minutes.
  3. Make a well in between. Add the balance 1 tbsp of ghee. Sprinkle all the spices into the ghee. Cook spices for 30 seconds. Gently coat makhana with the spices.
  4. Remove spiced makhana and serve immediately. If not, cool it down a little before storing it in an air-tight container.


Roasted Makhana | @KiranTarun
Where to get your hands on makhana? Its readily available in any local Indian/ethnic grocery stores. Have a great weekend, friends and don’t forget to enjoy a healthier snack in between. Even in movie theaters 😉

Have you ever sneaked in a snack into the movie theaters? Spill the ‘deets!


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1 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 18, 2016 at 1:40 AM

They are my favourite! My mom used to make a lightly sweetened soup with them…really delicious.
Have a sunny (we have really lousy rainy weather over here) and peaceful weekend!
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2 Kiran August 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Oh, soup! Sounds interesting. I know my MIL makes a curry out of this. Yum!

Hope the weather is beautiful now 🙂


3 rebecca@figsandpigs June 18, 2016 at 3:57 AM

Makhana is a new discovery for me sounds awesome hope I can find some


4 Kiran August 28, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Rebecca — you must source for makhana. It’s a revelation 🙂


5 dixya @food, pleasure, and health June 18, 2016 at 2:06 PM

im soo with you on overpriced snacks there..water is like $4, whatttt??

i used to love makhana while growing up but havent had some in a LONG time. i will definitely get some when im at the indian store next time.
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6 Kiran August 28, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Dixya — i know! ugh. Water is sooo expensive. And yes, get some makhana soon.


7 Tania/My Kitchen Stories June 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

I will look out for those because they look very ineresting and a nice change


8 Kiran August 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Tania — oh yes!


9 Rosa June 19, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Delicious looking! I wonder how they taste.




10 Kiran August 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Thanks Rosa! Dare I say, better than popcorns? 😉


11 Shumaila June 19, 2016 at 11:20 PM

These can be so addictive. I wouldn’t sneak it in a theatre though because a reason I go to watch a movie is so that I can snack on that buttery popcorn (guilty!). But I am all in for snacking on them other times!
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12 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Shumaila — to each, their own 😉


13 Juliana June 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM

I have never seen anything like this…I never bought fresh lotus seeds, only in can…they sure look addictive…and I totally agree with you in regards to the cost of the goodies in the movie theater…
Have a great week Kiran 🙂
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14 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Juliana — if you can find fresh lotus seeds, get it! So delicious 🙂


15 Katerina June 22, 2016 at 4:19 AM

I haven’t tried anything like that! I am curious but I have no idea if they have them here! They look perfect!
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16 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Katerina — i know, right?! there’s many exotic ingredients out there, that are so difficult to source. fingers crossed? 😉


17 John/Kitchen Riffs June 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM

We don’t often go to the movies (streaming is so much more fun and convenient), but totally agree about the price of things. And I don’t know what they do to their soda, but you’re right — WAY too sweet. Anyway, this is such a terrific recipe. Just the sort of thing we like. Thanks!
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18 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:41 AM

John — you are so right! nothing beats online streaming and endless appetizers at a fraction of price and convenience 🙂


19 All That I'm Eating June 24, 2016 at 11:07 AM

These look great, I’ve not seen anything similar to these so I’d love to try them.
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20 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 10:55 PM

A must try!! You’d definitely find it at your local indian grocer 🙂


21 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 25, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Well lotus seeds are totally new to me…that is what I like about blogging.
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22 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:03 PM

So true! There’s a huge learning process through blogging 🙂


23 Balvinder June 28, 2016 at 11:21 AM

You are right popcorns and bottled water at movie theaters cost so much. This new popcorn idea sound amazing. I never thought of roasting makhanas.


24 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:12 PM

You must try it next time 🙂


25 Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella July 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

This is so interesting! I’ve never had lotus seeds like this before 😀
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26 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:13 PM

Lorraine — you need too! its a revelation 🙂


27 Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons July 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

I love visiting you, Kiran. I’m always learning something new! I’ve never had Makhana before. But I’d love to try them. Nice and spicy! A perfect movie snack.
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28 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:16 PM

You are so sweet, Anne 🙂 You must try makhana. It’s so delicious!


29 Meghan | Fox and Briar July 4, 2016 at 5:27 PM

OK, this is a totally new thing to me! I have never seen or even heard of lotus seeds. But I LOVE popcorn, so if this is the new popcorn, I need to try asap! Love the added spices too! Pinning!
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30 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Thanks for the pin, Meghan. Makhana is not a new thing, just something we ate growing up in India 🙂 But you have to give this a try. It’s amazing!


31 Mariana July 5, 2016 at 2:27 PM

I always pack my own snacks when i go to the cinema, the prices are crazy! Thanks for the intro to lotus seeds, they look yum!
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32 Kiran August 29, 2016 at 11:20 PM

You are most welcome, Mariana. So glad we are some of the few that packs snacks for movies 😉


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